Electric car: Drivers can save £1,200 a year using home charging trick compared to petrol

The cost of living crisis has affected everyone in the UK, with many drivers taking matters into their own hands when it comes to refueling their car. Many petrol and diesel drivers are using fuel saving techniques, but some electric car owners are doing the same and it could save them a lot of money.

Off-peak charging

Some energy providers charge less for using electricity at certain times of the day (or night), which is typically used to curb demand for electricity during peak hours.

Cheaper nightly rates generally apply between 10pm and 8am, although this may differ between providers.

If the driver’s energy provider charges off-peak rates, then it’s best to take advantage of this and charge your vehicle during these periods.

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free charge

There are just over 5,000 free charging ports across the UK, most located in supermarkets and car parks.

While some of these chargers do have restrictions, it’s a good idea to keep them in mind while running errands.

Services like Zap-Map mark the locations of all free charging points, allowing drivers to plan their weekly grocery shopping for a free charge.

driving habits

Graham Conway, CEO of Select car rentalurged drivers to make some minor changes to their normal driving techniques.

He said: “Keep the battery between 20 and 80 percent charged at all times.

“Frequently charging the battery to 100 percent can cause your vehicle’s battery to degrade, which will affect overall battery life.

“Limit the use of fast chargers, as they require a lot of high currents, which heat up your car battery.

“Depending on the make and model of your car, using fast chargers too often can limit battery life.”

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